May 30, 2008, 11:48 AM
I already posted in an earlier thread that I traded for a sporterized Lee-Enfield yesterday and I thought I ought to present it to THR for evaluation. I can tell you that it was built by London Small Arms in 1917 as a SMLE No.1 MkIII with the magazine cut-off but not the volley sights. It has been bedded and the stock has been cut down in the front. Whoever owned the rifle previously did an excellent job of cleaning and the bore is almost mirror quality. Other than that the rifle is in excellent condition and has not wobble in any of the parts. I need to pick up some .303 ammo and make a range report once I heal up. http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r125/HDawggFan915/0529081537.jpg http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r125/HDawggFan915/0529081537a.jpg http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r125/HDawggFan915/0529081537b.jpg
May 30, 2008, 12:02 PM
Looks like a real nice piece! The SMLEs are favorites of mine. Their smooth action and overall rugged design make them suitable for a variety of applications.
Check the bedding when you get a chance. My No.4 Mk.1 Enfield was originally "sporterized" and the bedding was a real mess. I have since restored it to full battle dress and it's become quite the tack driver.
May 30, 2008, 07:35 PM
I picked up my first Enfield a week or so, ago. Actually, not having done my research, I thought it was a British Enfield. When I got it home, and looked up the markings, it's actually a Canadian Long Branch No 4 Mk1*. I like it, but still want one of English make. Not sure if I'll keep the Canadian or trade it to get one. Nothing against the Canadian, I just was looking for one representative sample for my collection, and I think of this as more of an English rifle.
May 30, 2008, 08:46 PM
Nice looking rifle; and you're right, whoever did the sporterizing did a nice job of it. Look forward to seeing your range report.